For this module, you are to submit a paper topic for instructor approval. The topic should deal with a community health assessment for program planning, including the benefits of incorporating components of various approaches to conducting a needs assessment, selecting the appropriate statistics for analysis of data and the target audience for the program. There should be no duplication of topic among the students. The Term Paper Guidelines and the scoring rubric are located in the Start Here folder. Do not hesitate to contact the instructor with questions or concerns.
HCA 498 Final Term Paper Requirements
You are required to complete a term project for this course, in which you will apply the
information you have covered throughout the course.
In preparation for your term paper, research and compare different health policies or
programs in the U.S., on the local, state, or the federal level. Next, choose one policy or
program. Write a paper exploring the planning, implementation, and evaluation that went
into the policy or program.
The final term paper will describe the Program planning and policies process including
the benefits of incorporating components of various approaches to conducting a needs
assessment, selecting the appropriate statistics for analysis of data and the target
audience for the program and how this is relevant to the Saint Leo University Core
Values of Excellence and Integrity in the context of health care policy analysis.
There will be only one topic per student. To prevent duplication of papers, please post
your paper topic under the Module 2, Project Topic item in the navigation tree no later
than 11:59 PM on Sunday of Module 2. You may post your topic earlier, if you wish.
Please review your peers’ topics before posting yours, to ensure you do not duplicate
one already selected by someone else.
You will submit your project titled “Final Term Paper” to the Chalk and Wire no later
than 11:59 PM on Sunday of Module 7. The Term Paper Chalk and Wire link is located
in the Module 7 folder. Students who do not submit the assignment to Chalk and Wire
will receive a zero. This is a key program assessment; the results are used to ensure
students are meeting program goals. Video and PDF instructions can be found on the
course home page. PDF instructions are also located in the Start Here folder. (Chalk
and Wire is linked to Turnitin.)
Your paper must:
• be 8–10 ten pages in length
• be double-spaced
• use 1-inch margins left, right, top, and bottom
• use 12 point font
The cover sheet, table of contents, index, pictures, long quotations, or multiple
quotations will count toward the 8–10 pages. APA format is required.
If you need further assistance with APA formatting and style, there is a Writing Format
and Style Guides under Resources in the Course Home menu.
Statement on writing requirements:
Your writing reflects your ideas and communicates your understanding of the topic to the
instructor. This assignment will be graded on the composition elements listed below, as
well as your understanding of the content:
Successful writing should demonstrate
• Proofreading skills
• Correct grammar and punctuation
• Logical organization
• Proper content presentation (introduction, body, conclusion)
• Correct formatting for citations, references, and headings